Sport Ranking the NFL's five best 17th-game matchups for 2021: Aaron Rodgers vs. Patrick Mahomes runaway winner
Aaron Rodgers on Night 7 as 'Jeopardy!' guest host: Who are the Green Bay Packers? And a dash of Ron Burgundy, too.
Aaron Rodgers' quick wit was on full display for Tuesday's "Jeopardy!" episode, starting with that clue about the Green Bay Packers.So the guest host of “Jeopardy!" is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and he’s reading this clue from the Title Waves category: “In the 1960s these Midwesterners earned 5 NFL championship trophies.
A 17-game schedule is coming to the NFL for the first time, creating an entire new wrinkle to the league's complex scheduling formula. Adding the 17th game caused the NFL to incorporate another interconference game to the mix, pinning a first-place team from a NFC division against a first-place team from an AFC division and so forth.
Here's how the NFL describes how the matchup for the 17th game is determined:
- One interconference game based on the prior year's standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are matched in the same way each year. The home conference for this game will rotate each season.
The NFL used its interconference formula from the 2019 schedule to determine the matchups between the divisions to avoid any team playing each other twice. The NFC East will play the AFC East, the NFC North will play the AFC West, the NFC South faces the AFC South, and the NFC West plays the AFC North. The league will use the 2020 scheduling formula to determine the 2022 matchups, so these divisions won't face each other every season. The AFC plays host this year while the NFC plays host in 2022.
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With the matchups for the 17th game official, let's take a look at the five best the league has to offer for the 2021 season:
The Colts have one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history against the Buccaneers, but that's not why this matchup is intriguing.and the Super Bowl champions are heading to Lucas Oil Stadium and facing one of the most talented rosters in the AFC. In case you haven't heard, the Colts have a new quarterback in .
Wentz and Brady have squared off once, which wasn't one of Wentz's best performances. Playing for the, Wentz completed just 50% of his passes for 214 yards and a touchdown in a 17-10 loss to the New England Patriots in 2019. Good chance he'll have a better performance with Indianapolis, as this matchup with Tampa Bay has the makings of a shootout.
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The NFL indicated meetings will likely remain virtual for the foreseeable future, but this year’s offseason workouts are not expected to be fully virtual like they were in 2020. However, the union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year.As of now, teams can schedule onsite OTAs to begin April 19. This is, however, contingent on no offseason plan being agreed to between the NFL and NFLPA. The union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year, with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reporting little progress has been made between the sides on this front.
Admit it, when's the last time you remember Seattle playing Pittsburgh? Probably Super Bowl XL when the Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl title in a 21-10 victory over the Seahawks. There's some history behind the matchup, but both teams have only met five times (not counting the postseason) since Seattle moved from the AFC to the NFC.
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and have only faced off against each other twice in their careers -- and Roethlisberger left the 2019 matchup with an elbow injury that ended his season. This may be the last time the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks square off, so enjoy this one.
Side note: Wilson has eight touchdowns without an interception in his career against Pittsburgh.
This is a matchup the NFL doesn't see often, and it's a must-watch game for fans. The Rams had the No. 1 defense in the league last year and will face a serious challenge in-- who threw for five touchdown passes on only 20 attempts in a 45-6 rout. Los Angeles' defense is much better this time around, so it will be interesting so see what Jackson and the Ravens offense have in store.
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Los Angeles also has, which makes the Rams favorites in the NFC. This is a statement game for both teams -- as they'll see where they rank among the best in the league.
These are two teams that have plenty to prove in 2021. Dallas lostlast season and missed the playoffs, finishing third in the NFC East, while New England had a losing record for the first time since 2000 -- when Tom Brady was a backup quarterback in his rookie year. Can Bill Belichick make the playoffs in New England without Tom Brady? Can the Cowboys actually live up to the hype and compete for a Super Bowl?
This is a game fans will tune in to see Prescott against one of the NFL's most talented defenses. The biggest question for the Patriots will be who eventually starts at quarterback? That will be determined in time.
Both teams have a combined 11 Super Bowl victories between them. This is a game the TV networks will covet.
Easily the best matchup of the bunch here. How can it get any better thanvs. as the two MVPs square off for the first time (Mahomes missed the 2019 meeting with an ankle injury).
This has the makings of an offensive shootout in prime time -- and actually would be an excellent Week 1 matchup to cap off an exciting weekend of football. Rodgers and Mahomes would be healthy and at their best, which is potentially a Super Bowl preview.
Once the 17th game and matchups were revealed, this was the game everyone had circled on their calendar. This is a gift for all NFL fans.
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Sporting News' latest NFL mock draft for 2021 spans seven rounds, covering all 259 picks from projected No. 1 overall selection Trevor Lawrence down to Mr. Irrelevant.Considering the talent of prospects across the board and specific team needs, here a look at the potential value picks from the no-brainer No. 1 overall through No. 259, also known as "Mr. Irrelevant." Although there is a basis of rumors and targets, there's also taking what players fit what situations best.